SFTS has launched six strategic initiatives that reflect timely adjustments and exciting opportunities.
- Creating a Center for Innovation in Ministry - catalyst, incubator, and resource for the 21st century Church. The Center will focus on what the Church needs to be and do to engage and revitalize our society and culture.
- Recalibrating the M.Div. curriculum to serve the future Church - master’s degrees with greater flexibility to accommodate the changing demographic of the student body. Our programs will have broader applicability to the pressing issues of the Church and society in the 21st century and our graduates will be prepared to make a difference in ministries of peace, justice, reconciliation and healing.
- Designing new certificate and diploma programs that reach out to wider constituencies - to appeal to a broad group of individuals who are not necessarily in the field of ministry. Examples include,
- Trauma and Spiritual Care. This graduate-level certificate addresses the spiritual understandings of trauma and healing, giving caregivers a more comprehensive set of skills to help trauma victims recover from their experiences. Click to learn more...
- Diploma in Executive Leadership. This joint program with McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago prepares both ordained and lay individuals for leadership in churches and other worshipping communities, nonprofit organizations, social service agencies and other corporate institutions.
- Certificate in Worship Leadership.This program for lay leaders, pastors, and others who help shape worship services will focus on strengthening skills in four key areas: Music in Worship, Spoken Word in Worship, Prayer, and Visual Arts. Click to Learn more...
- Strengthening and increasing our partnerships with congregations, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, and other institutions of higher learning. These partnerships enrich the educational experience in the seminary and help our students connect what they learn in the classroom with the issues faced in congregations and communities throughout the world.
- Recapitalizing the fixed asset base of the seminary, reviewing and repositioning the SFTS endowment, and implementing the SFTS Campus Property Plan (CPP). The Board authorized the bulk sale of off-campus properties and is moving forward with the construction of new student and faculty housing. These actions are the culmination of more than four years of careful, thoughtful work and constitute a major component of a plan that secures the long-term financial position of the seminary. The CPP repositions the SFTS campus to be efficient in its operating costs, flexible in its multiple uses, and effective in its use of the campus footprint in San Anselmo.
- Launching a 20-month, $6 million fundraising initiative called Chapter 1: Designing a Mosaic for Ministry. The Board assumed responsibility for $1.5 million of that goal, and the SFTS Alumni Council followed suit with a commitment to raise $1 million. Additionally, the fundraising initiative will focus on 10 other constituencies ranging from church entities to local and national foundations and trusts to the business community and others.